Irene Kuiper

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Worldwide, contamination of soil and ground water is a severe problem. The negative effects of pollutants on the environment and on human health are diverse and depend on the nature of the pollution. The search for alternative methods for excavation and incineration to clean polluted sites resulted in the application of bioremediation techniques. In this(More)
We developed a novel procedure for the selection of a microbe-plant pair for the stable and efficient degradation of naphthalene. Based on the rationale that root exudate is the best nutrient source available in soil, the grass (Lolium multiflorum) cultivar Barmultra was selected because of its abilities to produce a highly branched root system, root(More)
Pseudomonas putida strain PCL1445 was isolated from roots of plants, grown on a site polluted with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. PCL1445 produces biosurfactant activity at the end of the exponential growth phase. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of supernatant extracts of PCL1445 showed two peaks with surface-tension reducing(More)
Motility is a major trait for competitive tomato root-tip colonization by Pseudomonas fluorescens. To test the hypothesis that this role of motility is based on chemotaxis toward exudate components, cheA mutants that were defective in flagella-driven chemotaxis but retained motility were constructed in four P. fluorescens strains. After inoculation of(More)
Sequence analysis of the chromosomal Tn5lacZ flanking regions of the Pseudomonas fluorescens WCS365 competitive root colonization mutant PCL1206 showed that the Tn5lacZ is inserted between genes homologous to bioA and potF. The latter gene is the first gene of the potF1F2GHI operon, which codes for a putrescine transport system in Escherichia coli. The(More)
Previously, we have described the selection of a plant-bacterium pair that is efficient in rhizoremediating naphthalene pollution in microcosm studies. After repeated selection for efficient root tip colonization upon inoculation of seeds of grass cv. Barmultra and for stable and efficient growth on naphthalene, Pseudomonas putida PCL1444 was selected as(More)
Forensic analysis of biological traces generally encompasses the investigation of both the person who contributed to the trace and the body site(s) from which the trace originates. For instance, for sexual assault cases, it can be beneficial to distinguish vaginal samples from skin or saliva samples. In this study, we explored the use of microbial flora to(More)
Pseudomonas fluorescens WCS365 is an excellent competitive colonizer of tomato root tips after bacterization of seed or seedlings. The strain controls tomato foot and root rot (TFRR) caused by the phytopathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici. Under biocontrol conditions, fungal hyphae were shown to be colonized by WCS365 bacteria.(More)
Soil can play an important role in forensic investigations in linking suspects or objects to a crime scene. Bacterial populations are one of the biotic parameters in soil which can be used for comparisons. Terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (t-RFLP) is used to visualize these populations. Here we present a method to compare soil t-RFLP(More)
The bioluminescently marked Pseudomonas fluorescens strain 5RL, has been used previously to follow colonisation of soy bean roots (De Weger et al. [1991] Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 57:36-41). In the present paper the method has been further developed and optimized for wheat roots and it is used to get a quick overview of the colonisation patterns of many(More)